Is ABC Fundraising A Scam Or Can You REALLY Make $5000/Month?


Hi, and welcome to my ABC Fundraising review we'll be asking:

Is ABC Fundraising a scam or a genuine and worthwhile way to earn extra income?

Let me start by applauding you for taking the time to do your research on any so-called business opportunity – this is by far the best way to avoid time-wasting scams and find legit ways to make money from home.

Can you really earn more than $5,000 a month as an ABC distributor or is this just another hyped-up claim?

Let's find out!

ABC Fundraising Review At A Glance

About: ABC Fundraising is an MLM promoting fundraising products to churches, schools and other organisations.

Price: Starter kits are at $367 – $630 .

Pros: They've been around since 1993 and offer good support.

Cons: The webinar isn't really live like they say and you're always going to need to chase sales.

Verdict: ABC Fundraising is not a scam but the potential of making money here is really low.


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While I feel their claims of making $5,000 are unrealistic, ABC Fundraising have been around since 1993 and have a solid reputation. Their innovative products help equip non-profits with the tools they need to run successful fundraising campaigns.

As a self-employed distributor for the company, your job will be to drum up orders. Exactly how much money you can make will depend on your motivation level and your ability to sell face to face and over the phone.

What Is The ABC Fundraising Business Opportunity?

ABC Fundraising is a US-based company that provides non-profits with creative fundraising materials and ideas.

They say they need motivated people to join them as distributors on a full-time or part-time basis. In return you'll earn a commission on any sales you can generate. 

On the surface, the ABC Fundraising work from home business opportunity looks like a lucrative way to replace your full-time income with the added feel good factor of raising money for schools, churches and charities.

Head on over to and you'll see a tab in the top menu that says ‘work from home'. Click that and you're taken to this screen that claims you can make $500 to $5,000 a month:

abc work from home business opportunity review

Under that, there's a 45-second video explaining what the work from home opportunity is all about. In case you haven't seen it yet here it is:

Under the video, you can request a free info kit to be delivered to your door. 

Once you've filled out your name and address they say it'll arrive within the week.

Next, you're taken to this page to register for their free work from home webinar.

work from home webinar
is abc fundraising a scam

Since the video doesn't tell you much, I decided to register for the free webinar using just my name and email address. The 20-25 minute webinar with a Q&A session at the end looks like it runs every other day.

The Weird ABC Fundraising Work From Home ‘Live' Webinar 

Now this is when things started getting a little weird for me…

When I went to pick the date for this ‘live webinar event', I was told there were spots available at the next one which happened to be in just 14 minutes' time.

That's lucky right? 😉

So after reviewing 100's of so-called make money online programs I already know this webinar isn't going to be live.

Sure, they're going to act like it is, but in truth, it's nothing more than a recorded video that plays repeatedly and on-demand. Kinda comical really…

I noticed too that they use another scammy sales tactic by telling you there's “only a few places available!” This is done to give you a false sense of urgency so you'll rush to sign up “before it's too late.”

Dramatics aside, the video itself (not a live webinar!) was presented by Jamie Speirs, Co-Founder and Lanny Walker, VP of Sales and I thought they presented the job opportunity really well.

So How Do You Make Money With ABC Fundraising?

As an ABC Fundraising distributor, it'll be your job to promote their fundraising products to groups looking to raise funds. This could local church youth groups, sports teams, scouts, karate clubs and so on.

They'll give you warm leads to follow up on in your area to try and generate orders. It's up to you how you want to do it; you could call, Skype or meet face to face with clients.

The good thing about this is once you establish a relationship with a client you'll likely get repeating orders at least a few times a year, especially if you can build a good rapport with people in your local schools and churches.

Honestly, it's a pretty cool business model that works well for everyone involved – for the company making the products, for you as a distributor earning a nice commission and for the local organisations raising funds.

It's a win-win!

The Ingenious Products

Their most popular seller is called Scratch & Help which allows fundraising groups to keep 90% of the profits with nothing to pay upfront.

Let's say there's a local church running a fundraiser – they give each member one of the Scratch and Help booklets to raise money by having their friends and family members scratch off 2 circles…

This'll reveal 2 small amounts of money they must then donate, ranging from $0.50 to $3.00.

What's extra nice about this fundraising method is that the giver then receives coupon voucher they can then use to get discounts at places like Subway, Dominoes, Auntie Anne's and Dairy Queen.

Every completed scratch and help booklet represents $100 in donations. That's a great result for a church fundraiser, right?

It works out well for you as the distributor too – let's say you sell 120 of these booklets at $6 each, you'll earn a nice $720 commission.

Here's a more thorough breakdown of how the Scratch and Help fundraiser works:

This is just one of the many fundraising products they have and I have to say I'm really impressed with all of them.

They've got all the classics too, like cotton candy, gourmet cookie dough, gourmet popcorn, candles and flowers. I could go on and on but then this review would never end…

I'd highly recommend checking out their full product catalogue (PDF) to familiarise yourself with the products because as an independent distributor, this is what you'll be selling!

Exactly How Much Money Can You Make?

According to ABC Fundraising, the typical commission on an order is around the $200 mark. Of course, it could be a lot higher with larger groups.

There was a distributor testimonial on the website from a lady saying she made $5,000  commissions in just one day:

become an abc fundraising distributor

Of course how much money you could make from this depends on how motivated you are and how good you are at selling.

One of the things working in your favour is that ABC Fundraising will give you leads from people who have already expressed an interest in their products through their website.

Here's a few examples of what kinds of commissions you could potentially be looking at:

how much money can you make with abc fundraising

All you need is a large order from a major school and you could make a few $1,000.

Essentially this is a sales job where you, as an independent contractor, earn a commission of any sales you can generate.

It's up to you to make those calls, meet those people and sell, sell, sell!

Check out the full ABC Fundraising commission structure here.

If you're an extrovert who is good at talking to new people and making connections then you could do well at this.

On the other hand, if face to face selling is not your thing and the very idea of cold calling sends shivers down your spine then maybe this isn't the work from home biz opp for you. 

How Much Is It To Become A Distributor?

I was a little surprised that ABC Fundraiser wasn't free to join. Before you can start taking orders you're going to have to buy in first.

There are 3 starter packs to choose from:

1. Bronze Distributor Level: 6 monthly payments of $105 = $630 in total.

2. Silver Distributor Level: 3 monthly payments of $165 = $495 in total.

3. Gold distributor Level: a one-time payment of $367.

The level you're on will determine the amount of commission you make and as you can see, the starter packs differ slightly:

bronze silver gold distributors packs

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What I Like About ABC Fundraising

1. They've Been Around Since 1993

This speaks volumes! Most of the so-called work from home opportunities I review rarely stick around for longer than a year!

In the last 25 years, they've helped 50,000+ groups across the US to raise $50 million and have built a solid reputation. This will only make your job representing the company and selling their products that bit easier.

2. You Make Money Whilst Raising Money For Charity

ABC Fundraising has ingeniously designed their products in such a way that everybody benefits.

As a distributor, you have the potential to make money whilst helping non-profit organisations and local groups raise money for their charitable projects at the same time. This is a job with a real feel-good factor about it.

3. You'll Get Great Support From Head Office

Sign up and you'll get access to their distributor support team who you can call at any time to get your questions answered.

In terms of training, they'll give you a host of training videos designed to help you become a ‘fundraising expert' as fast as possible.

You'll also be included in the live distributor calls that run every 2 weeks for ongoing training and support.

4. You Get Warm Leads To Follow Up On

These are people from your area who have already requested more information through the website, people actively looking for help with fundraising.

As a salesperson, getting leads like this gives you a huge advantage.

It's also worth noting that there are no minimum sales quotas to fill and no recurring payments to make after the initial starter pack.

What I Don't Like So Much…

1. You Should Never Have To Pay To Promote Something

In this post, I warn against joining business opportunities that require an upfront fee. I firmly believe any legitimate work from home opportunity should provide you with the tools you need to do the job.

The fact you need to pay out between $376 and $630 before you've even made a sale means you're starting on the back foot and there's a risk you could be worse off if you find out later it's not for you. 

2. Don't Pretend The Webinar Is Live When It's Not

I have no problem with them saying, “You're watching a pre-recorded video but leave your questions in the box below and we'll email you with a response personally within the next 24 hours.”

But instead, we're forced to go along with this whole charade of pretending it's live when it's clearly not…  

While I know this is a common marketing tactic being used right now, they are still deliberately misleading people and it just comes across as scammy.

3. Your Potential Customers Can Order The Same Products At The Same Price Via The Website At Anytime

As most of the orders you'll be generating will be offline using paper order forms, I think this is one of the real issues you're going to have to contend with as an ABC Fundraising representative.

More and more now we're shopping online and without a way to market yourself online you could lose out on those all-important commissions. 

4. You're Always Going To Have To Chase Down Sales

This is a real deal-breaker for me.

While there is the potential of building a regular client base, this takes time and you're going to have to work very hard to break the ice initially.

There's no way of getting around it – as a salesperson, your job will be to get yourself out there, make those calls and chase down sales in order to make any money when instead you could build an online business that attracts its own customers around the clock. That's what I did.

Is ABC Fundraising A Scam?

No, ABC Fundraising is definitely NOT a scam.

This is a legitimate work from home opportunity that could turn out to be quite a lucrative one if you have the right temperament and sales skills.

I think their fundraising products are brilliant and if I were looking for creative ways to raise money for my church I would definitely consider buying from them.

But as a viable work from home opportunity? It doesn't work for me.

I just don't think making $5,000 a month with this is as easy as they try to make out. 

You're going to have to spend a lot of time going out, meeting people and building those connections before being able to make any sales and that's a hard slog, especially when there are way more profitable money-making alternatives out there.

A Better Way To Work From Home? 

The biggest issue with the kind of income-earning opportunities like these is that the amount of money you can earn is limited by your geographical location and the number of hours you can spend drumming up sales.

That's why I started my first online business in 2014 where I could promote whatever products I wanted without having to pay anything upfront.

The best part is I never have to sell anything; my websites do all the work for me and they're open for business 24/7. Today I earn more than $7,000 a month in passive income and that's with outgoings running just short of $25 a month for all my training and website hosting.

Take the same step-by-step training I did and you can too.

I'll be available at any time to help support and guide you throughout the training process personally because I really do care about your success.

And you won't be needing your wallet because the training course I recommend is completely free to try.

Have Your Say

Have you ever been an ABC Fundraising distributor? How did you do?

We'd love to hear your experiences with this program. Scroll down and share your story with us in the comments!

14 thoughts on “Is ABC Fundraising A Scam Or Can You REALLY Make $5000/Month?”

  1. I am interested in your course! I’m a PTA president and thought about joining ABC but I’m concerned with the start up fee and the 1099… I already own a small business and putting money away for taxes is very very hard!!

  2. I already sell cars and so I understand this kind of work. The $367 is also quite reasonable to cover their cost for sending me a box of glossies and sales aids, BECAUSE this is not employment, it’s 1099 independent contractor. If this was an actual hiring, there would be no start up costs for material, because you are then acting as an agent of the employer – benefits like 401 k, insurance, casual Friday and more just don’t apply. So, yes- contractor rules are different. My only concern is that I’m not ready to give you automobile sales for something like this because with COvID SHUT DOWNS, schools and churches have all suspended their activities- travel is restricted, teams aren’t playing, churches are online, revenue is down, eating out and shopping are still down. It’s too easy to hear from organizations “maybe in six months or next year, thanks”. As I type this, it is 3-10-21.

    • Hi Debbie, check out this Wealthy Affiliate review and let me know if you have any questions. I’ll also be available inside Wealthy Affiliate as you go through the training, plus there’s a whole community of people ready and willing to help so you never have to feel stuck!

      I’ll see you on the inside 🙂

  3. It’s good to know about this programs that help you make an income. ABC fundraising although it seems legit it is clearly making you a salesman and it is not something I would like to do. But I guess everyone on it’s own so there may be people who would try it. Some things like the pre-recored video give a bad taste as full honesty is the key in this business. Thank you for the detailed review.

    • Yep, it’s definitely a sales job, there’s no getting around that. But hey, if sales is your thing then this has the added bonus of helping non-profits whilst making a profit yourself 🙂

  4. I agree that ABC Fundraising isn’t a SCAM,but i am of the opinion that it is not right to portray your supposed earning as though it could be had without great effort.

    Making money online shouldn’t be too difficult. But its always better to clearly point out the efforts necessary to make it a reality and yes, i agree there are more convenient ways to earn online. Affiliate marketing would top my list.

    Great analysis, thanks for sharing

  5. Thanks for your in depth analysis of the ABC Fundraising.

    Even though this is not a “scam”, I was turned off  right away by this product because of the face to face or cold calling sales you have to do to get any kind of commissions.  It’s like being a  door to door salesman so you are then limited to the area you live in.  

    There is also the price to be a distributor which is kind of steep, especially for someone just starting out.  Trying to get your money back is the first thing you would have to do, which makes no sense to me to try and get hundreds of dollars without having started anything yet.  With their sales pitch being really hyped up by saying you can make $5000 a day is another reason I will certainly stay away.  It may be possible, but this one is really not for me! 

    I would rather check out your recommendation.  You talk about a way that I could start for free and make money without having to sell anything, could you be a little more specific?  I checked out your link and it says that you make $6,000 per month.  How long should I use this program before getting that kind of results?

    • Hi Denis, 

      It’s actually gone up to about 7.5k a month now 😉

      It definitely took a lot of work to get there and it doesn’t happen overnight. I made my first ever sale after 2 weeks but took me 12 months to hit the $6k a month mark consistently. It all depends on how quickly you can work through the training and build out your site.

      I make money with affiliate marketing which simply means I recommend other people’s products or services in return for a set commission.

      It’s definitely the 21st century way of running a business. I love it because I don’t have to deal with buying stock or shipping. And because the internet is worldwide you’re reaching a global audience and you’re open for business 24/7 because your websites never sleep.

      It also means I put the work in once (like creating a YouTube video or writing a blog post) and I can get paid for that time and time again, even years down the line.

      Companies like Amazon, Walmart, Apple, Sony etc. all have affiliate programs that are free to join. You get a unique tracking link you can use to send people to their sites.   

      My top recommended program has a free 10 lesson course that will run you through choosing a topic, creating your first website, learning how to get it ranked in Google ad then monetising it by recommending relevant and helpful products to your audience. 

      I hope this makes sense! Let us know how you get on! 🙂

      • When I checked out wealthy affiliate,it then said it is only free for just 7 days without a credit card,answers to questions were plain,not in detail,not very helpful or no answers then, & found out some info & advice is out of date.Saw a detailed review on it too & they analyzed & pointed out some things.Don’t like the idea of them saying free,then find it is just 7 days & you must pay a monthly fee after ( $25×12 months=$300,so still a big fee for 1 year & still ongoing,a b c 1 time ,for life!)& no guarantees either or with anything.7 free days doesn’t really give you the time to see if it is for you & to learn much!A b c president or co founder,I forget which 1,but during the video end questions part,did say you can do it nationwide,by phone or email,so you’re not limited to your area,you can contact any lead,from any state or city,as they do the sending out forms & orders,while you just focus on contact,they deal with the other headaches,but yeah,there’s that contact you do,to make $, just like anything else,you must do something to make $!& the video is pretty obvious,to me,from the start,that it’s recorded,& you can join it whenever ,yeah,they should leave the word live,out,but it is not really lying,with how obvious it is that you can join the video ,re play it whenever!The big earnings,they are just saying it is a possibility ,as some reps had with larger groups, naturally.I don’t take that as hyped as some others & might do it even!Still considering it.There’s pros & cons to everything,whether a w 2 job or 1099 work!Take a pick,1 Deal with a jerk boss,jerk co-workers & / or customers directly while working on their terms or 2 do some work,on your terms,effort,to likely earn,I may do the 2 nd,as I am way beyond sick of the 1 st option there.That’s what it takes to get $!!!!!

  6. In my opinion I think having your own personal online business is the best. Building an online business that meets specific needs and get monetary rewards in return. I have tried several stuffs online with very little success until I met a gold mine called wealthy affiliate where I learnt everything that has made what I am today.

  7. Hi, I found the ABC Fundraising website a couple of weeks ago and requested a free information pack to be sent to my home for free. It did arrive yesterday but not had a good look through it yet, though reading the website it seemed like a pretty fun and worthwhile job to get into. 

    This morning I received an email from one of their trainers asking whether or not I’d like to go ahead or not. I don’t want to tell them I’ve definitely decided yet as there’s still some things I need to think about. 

    Thanks for the valuable info.

    • Hi there, don’t feel pressured to sign up to something if you’re still not sure. 

      If you’ve still got unanswered questions you could always reply back with an email, that way you can know exactly what you’re getting into and if this is something you could see yourself doing.

      If you’re a people person and you’re good at making sales then this could be a great option.

      Based on the commission rates, I’d say you’d probably want to build up a list of 20 groups and organisations to be able to make enough money to make it worthwhile.

      Let us know how you get on! 


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